52 Ancestors: #41 Robert A. Furlani (1917 – 1996), My Godfather

Posted on October 14, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History, Family Recipes
52 Ancestors: #41 Robert A. Furlani (1917 – 1996), My Godfather BillBobFurlani

Uncle Bob, as best man, at my parents’ wedding in 1941, He is the one on the right.

Robert (Bob) A. Furlani was born 10 August 1917 in Connersville, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania (Pa.). He is the son of Candido Furlani and Anna (Bianchi) Furlani and he is my paternal uncle and my godfather. Although I saw him more frequently than some of my other relatives, I seem to know very little about him.  I guess it is time to do more research.

My mother told me that she was engaged to Bob before she dated his brother, my father. She would never tell me what happened or why they broke up.

I have a photo that I found on the Internet of the 1933 Mount Carmel Township High School football team, which includes my uncle. So I know he played football in high school.

I know he enlisted in World War II as a Warrant Officer. His enlistment record shows he attended college for one year.

I know he had one brother, my father, William C. Furlani, and one sister, my aunt, Dorothy Furlani.

In the late 1940s or early 1950s, he married Patricia Allen, who was divorced, creating a small scandal in our staunch Catholic family. Aunt Pat had a daughter, Mildred, who was known as Mickey and whom I remember. His obituary says there was another daughter named Betty, whom I never knew.  She must have already married and moved into her own home, when Bob and Pat married. Bob and Pat never had any children together.

He and his family lived in Elizabeth, Union Co., New Jersey. The town I grew up in, Essington, Delaware Co., Pa. was on the Delaware River.  There was a lot of manufacturing in the Newark, Elizabeth area along the river. I remember always telling folks that my uncle lived over across the river where you can see the yellow smoke.

I always looked forward to Uncle Bob’s visits. He adored children and was great fun to be around.  Aunt Pat was outgoing and enjoyed our company, too.  When they visited, we children could look forward to treats. I remember that one time we were treated to ice cream. I insisted I wanted a butterscotch sundae (which I had never had before) even though everyone tried to talk me out of it.  You guessed it—I threw it up before we even left the store. I’ve never eaten another.

Uncle Bob died on 15 February 1996 at the age of 78, in the home of one of his grandchildren.  According to his obituary, he was survived by two daughters, Betty Dean and Mildred O’bremsky, both of New Jersey; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

 

 

Week 41 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Michael and Margaret Meisberger

Posted on October 12, 2014 in Family History, Genealogical Tips, Sundays Obituary
Sunday’s Obituary – Michael and Margaret Meisberger Michael Meisberger Juniata Sentinal Death Notice 1879 Snagit

Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. Juniata Sentinel and Republican, Vol. XXXIII, No. 3, Wednesday, January 15, 1879

Recently, I found this poignant and heartwarming obituary[1] on Chronicling America at the Library of Congress. It publicizes the deaths of my 3rd great-grandparents, Michael and Margaret (Bettinger) Meisberger. For more information about the lives of these two individual, see my posts 52 Ancestors: #12 Michel Meisberger and 52 Ancestors: #21 Margarethe Bettinger Meisberger.

From a genealogy perspective, it gave me some proximity as to the dates of their deaths, possibly in late 1878 or early 1879, with some new clues to pursue.  Their presumed footstones, in Saint Edward’s cemetery in Shamokin, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania (Pa.), are completely illegible—worn almost blank.  The cemetery survey of owner Michael Meisberger records them as Mr. Michael Meisberger and Mrs. Michael Meisberger.

I must admit, I was very surprised to find this obituary in the Mifflintown newspaper. Apparently they picked up the story from the Selinsgrove Times, which had carried the story a week earlier. Michel and Margarethe both died in Coal Township, Northumberland Co., Pa. The original obituary must have been picked up by the Selinsgrove Times.  I am in the process of trying to trace this back to the original obituary. A lesson I learned here is that you do not always find that “magic” record where you expect–certain stories travel.

[1]Juniata Sentinel and Republican (Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa.) 1873-1955, January 15, 1879, Image 3. Image provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA. Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86053634/1879-01-15/ed-1/seq-3/.

 

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) – What Date Was Your Grandfather Born?

Posted on October 12, 2014 in Saturday Night Fun

Randy Seaver of  GeneaMusings has given us this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun assignment:.

What day of the week was your Grandfather born (either one)? Tell us how you found out.

My maternal grandfather, William Joseph Noble, was born on 25 November 1896. His birthdate was on a Wednesday. I searched http://www.wolframalpha.com for “25 Nov 1896 day of week.”

What has happened in recorded history on your Grandfather’s birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

Events that have occurred on November 25 in history:

  •  1863 – The Yankees rout Rebels at the Battle of Missionary Ridge.
  • 1876 – The US Army retaliates for the Little Bighorn massacre.
  • 1918 – German commander in East Africa surrenders.
  • 1950 – The so-called “storm of the century” hits the eastern part of the United States, killing hundreds and causing millions of dollars in damages.
  • 1952 – The Agatha Christie play Mousetrap opens in London.

To obtain this information I went to http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/.  I did have some problem with a couple of the links on this page but it may be my browser. I first tried the View Calendar option in the date image but nothing happened.  I next tried the Pick A Date button in the What happened on your birthday image on the right panel, but again, nothing happened.  I finally resorted to paging forward one page at a time from today’s date October 12 to November 25. This action did work with no problems–just took a while.

What famous people have been born on your Grandfather’s birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

For his exact birth date (25/11/1896), I only found two famous people:

  • Virgil Thomson, an American composer and critic.
  • Priscilla Dean, an American actress.

Both were found by doing a Google search for “who famous born November 25 1896.” These results were found on http://www.wikipedia.org/.

This Google search also gave me a site called NNDB (tracking the entire world), which is apparently in beta. This site provided a list of people born on November 25. I selected:

  • 25 Nov 1835 – Andrew Carnegie, robber baron turned philanthropist.
  • 25 Nov 1881 – Pope John XXIII, Roman Catholic Pontiff from 1958 to 1963.
  • 25 Nov 1914 – Joe DiMaggio, an American Major League Baseball center fielder who played for the New York Yankees and was once married to Marilyn Monroe.
  • 25 Nov 1926 – Poul Anderson, science fiction author.
  • 25 Nov 1957 – Robert Ehrlich, a politician who was Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007.

Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

That’s all folks!

 

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52 Ancestors: #40 Johanna Meisberger Burns (1871 – 1957) (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on October 7, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
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Footstone of Johanna Meisberger Burns. Photo by John J. Haile, Jr.

Johanna was born on 12 July 1871 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She was baptized on 29 July 1871 in St. Edward’s RC church in Coal Township.  She is the daughter of Theobald Meisberger and Mary Catherine Strausser Meisberger and she is my 2nd great-aunt.

She married Dennis J. Burns on 28 June 1899 in St. Edward’s in Coal Township. Together they had the following children:  Edward (1894 – ?), John A. (1901 – ?), Joseph (1904 – ?), Mary (1905 – ?), Casper (1906 – 1997), Jennie (1908 – 1912) and Elizabeth (1930 – 1930).

Johanna died on 25 September 1957 in Coal Township. She was buried next to her husband, Dennis, on 28 September 1957 in St. Edward’s cemetery, also in Coal Township. In addition to the photo of her tombstone, I also have a copy of the cemetery record. Both of these are courtesy of John J. Haile, Jr., who provided these images, when I purchased his book,   Saint Edward’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.

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Cemetery record with entry for Johanna Burns, Saint Edward’s Cemetery. Image by John J. Haile, Jr.

 

 

 

Week 40 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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Society Saturday – Using a Timeline to Break Down Your Brick Walls

Posted on October 4, 2014 in Local Societies, Society Saturday

Society Saturday – Using a Timeline to Break Down Your Brick Walls CCGSLogo The Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM features Jane Thursby, who began her family research when she found her father’s baby book among her grandmother’s items over twenty years ago.  The baby book contained a 5 generation family tree with names she had never heard.  The quest was on.

Jane will be presenting Using a Timeline to Break Down Your Brick Walls.  What is a timeline?  How can it be used to find those elusive ancestors?  Add a new tool to your genealogy arsenal and use it to break down brick walls.  A timeline can be used on individuals and families to organize and analyze the information you already have, and it will help you pinpoint new directions in which to research.

Jane is the past president and current vice president of the Frederick County Genealogical Society where she currently lives.  She is also a member of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, the Howard County Genealogical Society, the Carroll County Genealogical Society, and the Maryland Genealogical Society.  Jane is a speaker on genealogical research in Maryland and on research techniques especially those to help breakdown brick walls.

Meetings of the Carroll County Genealogical Society (CCGS) are held the third Monday of each month, March through May and September through November, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Room, Westminster Library at 50 East Main Street, Westminster.  The meetings are free and open to the public.  An annual dinner is held each June and a holiday party each December.  These are for members and their guests, with reservations made in advance.

Please come to our meeting and bring a friend.  You will meet other folks interested in family research and genealogy and enjoy delightful talks that may help you in your own research.  I look forward to seeing new faces!

You can also come early and take advantage of our large collection of books and other materials housed at the Westminster Branch of the CCPL.  On Thursday afternoons, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., one or more society volunteers will be on hand to assist researchers. Of course, this collection is available to all anytime the library is open.

 

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The CCGS Genealogy Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo by Eileen Souza

 

 

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52 Ancestors: #39 Mary Bianchi Pieri (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on September 30, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

According to her baptismal record, Mary Bianchi was born on 5 July 1894 in Hazleton, Luzerne County (Co.), Pennsylvania (Pa.). The 1900 US census has her birth listed as Jul 1892. She was the daughter of Bonaventura and Mary (Bunt) Bianchi and she is my great aunt.

Mary’s siblings were Peter Bianchi, Christine Theresa (Bianchi) Concini, Henry Bianchi, Violet Josephine (Bianchi) Bridi, Leon Victor Bianchi, Anna (Bianchi) Furlani, Lucy (Bianchi) Bailoni, Charles Bianchi, Helen (Bianchi) Ficca, Margaret (Bianchi) Socoloski and Mildred Bianchi, who died at the age of five.  There were two other infants, unnamed that died.

Mary had her first child in 1908, prior to her marriage to John Pieri. Her son Victor Bianchi was raised by her mother, Mary (Bunt) Bianchi. For Victor’s story, see my earlier post, Who Is Victor Bianchi?

Mary married John Pieri on 12 December 1914 in Saint Peter Church in Mount Carmel, Northumberland Co., Pa. John was baptized in Santa Lucia, Cesera [Cesena?], Italy, according to the marriage register. A dispensation was granted for this wedding but the reason is not stated. Usually, this is done when one of the parties are not Catholic but as both were baptized, there must be another reason.

Their children were Edith H. (Pieri) Adams (1911 – 2003), Mildred Pieri (1915 – 2007), Frank Joseph Pieri (1917 – 1994), Dorothy M. Pieri (1919 – 1978), John Louis Pieri (1920 – 2006), Charles Pieri (1923 – 1984), and Louis Pieri (abt. 1928 – ?).

Mary is said to have died on 25 May 1958 in Atlas, Northumberland Co., Pa. She is buried in Saint Peter Cemetery located in Mount Carmel.  I am awaiting the next release of the Pennsylvania Death Certificates with bated breath to help me (hopefully) fill in some of the blanks here and confirm the death date.

 

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Headstone of Mary Bianchi Pieri and her husband, John Pieri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 39 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors: #38 Emma M. Meisberger Madara (1864 – 1928)

Posted on September 23, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

Emma was born on 31 January 1864 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She was baptized on 20 February 1864 in St. Edward’s RC church in Coal Township.  She is the daughter of Theobald Meisberger and Mary Catherine Strausser Meisberger and she is my 2nd great-aunt.

Emma seems to be known by various first names. Her baptismal record lists her as Emily Margaret Meisberger. All the census records where she lived with her parents list her as Emma M. Meisberger, while those records where she lived with her husband show her variously as Margaret E. and Emma.  Her death certificate also shows her as Margaret M. Some family trees have her named Amelia, which sounds like a variant on Emily.  Her father’s will, surprisingly, identifies her as Annie.

She married John G. Madara on 21 February 1887 in St. Edward’s in Coal Township. Together they had the following children:  John (1887 – 1895), Mary (1889 – 1895), William Charles (1891 – ?), Theodore C. (1892 – 1914), Margaret E. (1895 – ?), Florence H. (1896 – ?), George Lincoln (1898 – 1952), Elizabeth A. (abt. 1901 – ?), Anna Rita (1902 – 1979), Arthur C. (1904 – 1944), Nellie C. (abt. 1907 – ?) and John (abt. 1912 – ?).

Emma died on 14 February 1928 in Coal Township. She is buried in St. Edward’s cemetery, also in Coal Township.  I have her husband’s death certificate as well and I noticed that he is buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery in Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. The family lived on the outskirts of Shamokin in Coal Township. Theobald Meisberger was a staunch Catholic. He and his family were founding members of St. Edward’s.  My suspicion is that John Madara may have been a non-Catholic.  I need to do a bit more research.

Emma’s death certificate lists her father as David Miceberger. Theobald was also known as Theodore but I have not yet encountered any document where he was called David.  The information on the death certificate was provided by Emma’s son, Arthur, who would be a grandson to Theobald and may not have known his grandfather’s first name since Arthur was born after Theobald died.

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Death Certificate of Margaret E. Madara died 14 Feb 1928 in Coal Twp., Northumberland Co., PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 38 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors: #37 Barbara Meisberger Haley

Posted on September 17, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History, Family Stories

Barbara Meisberger came to the United States with her family in 1855, when she was five years old.  She was born 3 January 1850 in Steinbach, Rhineland, Prussia (today Germany). Barbara is the youngest daughter of Michael Meisberger and Margaret (Bettinger) Meisberger and she is my 3rd great-aunt.

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Birth certificate of Barbara Meisberger born 3 January 1850 in Steinbach, Rhineland, Prussia

 

Her siblings were Theobald Meisberger (my 2nd great-grandfather), Michael Meisberger (Jr.), John Meisberger, Elizabeth Meisberger, Eva Meisberger, and Magdalena Meisberger Shuda.

Barbara is mentioned in a short biographical sketch extracted from the Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District, published by Biographical Publishing Company of Chicago, Ill. and Buffalo, NY (1899). The sketch was for William F. Haley, the son of Patrick Haley and Barbara (Meisberger) Haley, who was a leading merchant in Locust Gap, Northumberland County (Co.), Pennsylvania (PA) and proprietor of one of the largest grocery stores. The author does not provide a marriage date for Patrick and Barbara but does mention that Barbara’s parents were among the earliest settlers of Coal Township, Northumberland Co., PA.

The author writes that Patrick Haley was born 22 February, 1835, at Mount Laffer, Schuylkill Co., PA and lost his life in the mines on 20 August 1884. Together Barbara and Patrick had eight children–William F.; Mary, who was the wife of Peter Duppy of Locust Gap; Michael, who was killed in the mines at the age of almost twenty-two; Margaret, the wife of Walter Bosine; Elizabeth, the wife of Frank Brecker; Eugene; Victoria and Patrick, who died at the age of three.

Barbara died 20 March 1925 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland Co., PA and was buried in St. Edward’s cemetery in Coal Township.

 

Week 37 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Dad and Aunt Dot

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Family Photos, Wordless Wednesday

For me, this theme will be used to share my family photos and to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them.

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Ca. 1914, William C. Furlani and Dorothy Furlani

 

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Ca. 1940 William C. Furlani and Dorothy Furlani

 

The first (top) photo is of my Dad, William C. Furlani and his sister, Dorothy Furlani.  I believe this photo was taken around April of 1914.  In the photo, Dad would be about two years old and Aunt Dot would be about six months old. The location where this photo is taken is not known but is probably Connorsville, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Connorsville is a small town/village outside of Mount Carmel.

I would like to contrast this photo with a later photo that I have of the two of them. In the second (bottom) photo, Dad is probably around 28/29 years old, while Aunt Dot would be about 26/27 years old.  The location where this photo is taken is not known but is probably Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania around 1940/41.

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52 Ancestors: #36 John Henry Strausser (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on September 9, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

According to his death certificate, John  Henry  Strausser was born on 15 June 1857 in Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Peter Strausser and Sarah Mumma Strausser and he is my 3rd great grand uncle..

John’s siblings were Mary Catherine Strausser Meisberger (my 3rd great-grandmother), Angeline Strausser Smith, Sarah Matilda Strausser Haines, Peter A. Strausser and David T. Strausser.

The marriage record from the Centralia Methodist Church in Centralia, Columbia County, Pennsylvania shows that John H. Strauser of Greenback, Pa (I have not been able to find any mention of this town in Pennsylvania) married Emma C. Metz of Brady, Pa. (in Northumberland County) on 13 July 1879. Their children were Pearl Strausser (1880 – ), Clarah (Carrie) M. Strausser (1881 – ), Edith Strausser Fry (1885 – 1930), John Russell Strausser (1896 – 1971), and Reynold Strausser (1899 – 1970).

John was a coal miner and died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of seventy-two, on 2 July 1929 in Johnson City (aka Brady or Ranshaw), Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He is buried in Shamokin Cemetery located in Shamokin, Northumberland County.

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Headstone of John H. Strausser and his wife, Emma C. Metz Strausser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 36 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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